School News December 11, 2019

Since the beginning of the school year, many new clubs have been formed by sixth formers to enrich pupils’ daily life. One of these, the Mini-lecture Club does an excellent job offering pupils opportunities to learn something extracurricular and fascinating.

The Mini-lecture club held three lectures this term by J. Geng, I. Tong and W. Wu. All three were successful and targeted very different audiences. The first, in late September, by J. Geng from the club KIT, was about the habit loop and how to get rid of the habit of drinking milk tea, which interested a large number of people, as milk tea is a popular drink in many places. J. Geng started the presentation with her own investigation and precise database, then she moved on to the negative effects of drinking milk tea and how people could break this habit.

This was followed in October by a presentation from I. Tong giving a rough insight into a potential treatment for cancer using a gene editing tool. She explained basic cancer pathology and introduced a possible therapy with CRISPR, presenting both comprehensively. The lecture received great feedback from both staff members and pupils with T. Lane, Teacher of Biology and Head of Years 11 and PreAX commenting “Quite a few parts of the lecture were of University level”.

November saw W. Wu give the final presentation of this term; focusing on causes and solutions of climate change. His emotive language and lively presentation skills engaged all junior pupils and allowed them to become more aware of the changing environment and what they can do in their daily life to minimise undesirable impacts. The speech received a lot of positive responses from younger year 7 and 8 pupils whom it was presented to.

All three speakers believe that running a lecture or presentation with the Mini-lecture club provided them a great chance to deepen their understanding and get a better insight into their subjects. Our club is now promoting more potential lectures for the next term, including a colour study and Flight muscle composition of insects.

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